This sleek outpost of a Japanese ramen chain is packed mostly with Nippon natives who queue up for a taste of “Ramen King” Shigemi Kawahara’s tonkotsu—a pork-based broth. The house special, Akamaru Modern, is a smooth, buttery soup topped with scallions, cabbage, a slice of roasted pork and pleasantly elastic noodles. Avoid nonsoup dishes like the oily fried-chicken nuggets coated in a sweet batter. Long live the Ramen King—just don’t ask him to move beyond his specialty.
|Venue name:||Ippudo NY|
65 Fourth Ave
|Cross street:||between 9th and 10th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11am–4pm, 5pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–4pm, 5pm–1am; Sun 11am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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The modern is incredible. The pork buns are like crack! They are so good. There is a reason customers are queued up before they open the doors.
The ramen is undeniably delicious and definitely one of the top three spots in the city. The Japanese chain hand pulls its own noodles and stuffs a mean dumpling. Oh and don't even get me started on the scrumptious shosito peppers. Be prepared to wait though for hours, yes, hours. In my opinion it doesn't warrant a two-hour wait but you decide for yourself. You really can't go wrong with any of the ramen dishes--even the vegetarian. Remember to save some broth at the end and they'll let you order an extra helping of noodles.
Theres a reason this place has a wait time of over an hour on week-nights, and boy is it worth it. Don't be discouraged by the wait time, but be smart and get your name down on the list early. If you fancy hanging out, get some Sake at the bar, and make sure you order the pork buns. Save space for the ramen though, you'll want to enjoy the fact that it's house-made and beautifully served with fresh ingredients in a complex broth that has both a rich flavor and depth.